In Special Olympics, the athletes are the heart of the movement. Our athletes not only have the opportunity to develop physical fitness and become competitive athletes, but through sport, they build self-esteem, social skills, friendships, leadership skills, have fun and learn life lessons that translate into their lives away from the playing field, making them more productive and accepted members of society.
No matter what your ability level, you can benefit from Special
Olympics. And no matter what your interest, there is a sport for you.
There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.
Whether you wish to become a Special Olympics athlete or a Unified
Partner, we take steps to ensure that you and your fellow athletes and
volunteers have the best experience possible. The information and forms
found on this page will help you know what is expected of Special
Olympics athletes and Unified partners and what forms are required prior
Persons with intellectual disabilities must submit the following forms:
Athlete Participation Packet (includes Athlete Registration Form, Likeness Release Form for Sponsors,
Athlete Release Form,
Concussion Awareness and Safety Recognition Policy, and Medical Form)
Protective Behaviors Training
(mandatory for athletes in Athlete Leadership. All other
athletes are encouraged to review this training with their families,
caregivers, or county program)
Persons without disabilities (called Unified partners) who wish to participate in our Special Olympics Unified Sports® program must submit this Unified Partner Registration Form.
Once you have downloaded and completed the necessary forms for participation, please email them to the sports contact dedicated to your county or region using the interactive map or region/county selector. They will help you begin your journey!